No information has been obtained about regulation of nursing in this jurisdiction.
The Northern Mariana Islands, officially the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), is a commonwealth in political union with the United States located at a strategic location in the western Pacific Ocean. It consists of 15 islands about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines. The United States Census Bureau reports the total land area of all islands as 179.01 sq mi (463.63 km²). The Northern Mariana Islands has a population of 80,362 (2005 estimate).
After Japan's defeat in the World War 11, the islands were administered by the United States as part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, thus, defense and foreign affairs are the responsibility of the U.S. The people of the Northern Mariana Islands decided in the 1970s not to seek independence, but instead to forge closer links with the U.S. Negotiations for territorial status began in 1972. A covenant to establish a commonwealth in political union with the U.S. was approved in 1975. A new government and constitution went into effect in 1978. The islands are not represented in the U.S. Congress.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Mariana_Islands (accessed on 22.04.2009)
The Department of Public Health is under the umbrella of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Government. PL 1-8, Chapter 12, SS2 gives the Department the power and responsibility to:
- maintain and improve health and sanitary conditions;
- minimize and control communicable disease;
- establish and administer programmes regarding vocational rehabilitation, crippled children’s services, infant care, Medicaid, Medicare, mental health and related programmes, including substance abuse;
- establish standards for water quality; and
- administer all government-owned health care facilities.
http://www.wpro.who.int/countries/2008/nmi/national_health_priorities.htm (accessed 28.04.2009)